By Apta Consultancy on 12/07/16 | Category - General

APTA Consultancy appreciate how budget constraints have impacted the public and private sector markets, when it comes to engaging external resources to support their tendering and bidding process.

As such its no surprise that organisations are becoming more and more dependant on utilising there own internal resources, but only too often this can lead to a detrimental effect on your business. For example:

  • Public Sector contract complaints are on the rise
  • Your success rate is dropping because your bidding for the sake of bidding i.e Your really not bidding to WIN! 
  • The internal resources that you are using all have operational day jobs today, so they haven't got time to undertake such business opportunities - its just another chore for them and this will start to impact staff morale!

However, there will always be a need for subject matter expertise where such knowledge and information does not exist in the organisation and where such resource is needed for a finite period. The importance of striking the right balance in terms of the buyer and the seller agreeing a fair price - what the buyer considers affordable in return for the appropriate skills offered by the seller is becoming more and more important to a successful relationship.

Apta Consultancy has therefore taken a decision to publish its rate card so that buyers have full price transparency for the  services that Apta Consultancy has to offer. This allows buyers to determine very quickly if these rates full within there budget before embarking on any discussions with us in order to determine if Apta Consultancy are the right supplier for your organisation.

Our Price transparency rates are therefore as follows:





Daily Rate

Services (excluding Independent Reviews)

1 – 5 days max


6 – 29 days max*


Independent Review of Bid

1 – 3 days



Hourly Rate

Strategic Advise/Discussion by Telephone.

45 – 60 mins




The above rates are based on a 7.5 hour day and are inclusive of travel costs within the Central London and M25 radius
* For assignments of 30 days or more Apta Consultancy would recommend that you consider exploring the contingent contract labour market for interims as apposed to using a consultancy service.

Overseas assignments are subject to discussion.
All rates are exclusive of VAT at the prevailing rate.

By Apta Consultancy on 03/11/15 | Category - General

Team Building

We have just finished doing another small assignment for a Company in team building and it still amazes us that some folk still don't have the basics of being able to apply good leadership or management skills when it comes to morale and motivating your staff. 

We have now done 3 of these types of gigs this year and the most common pitiful that we tend to come across is:

Making empty Promises and failure to keep your word:

This is just plain rude and it can quickly kill all employee motivation.

There’s nothing worse than getting your hopes up, only to have them destroyed. A promise is sacred. If you promise to do something for an employee, you better be able to keep it.

One of the biggest keys to successful employee engagement is building trust between the company and its employees.

 Like any relationship, if there’s no trust, it won’t work out

To quote Zig Ziglar, the lesson here is simple — 'keep your word. Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life' 

By Apta Consultancy on 17/08/15 | Category - General

US technology provider CSC looks to have acquired Fixnetix, a UK trading technology group, in order to make strides in the high-speed trading and data services markets.

CSC and Fixnetix will both continue with plans to develop an array of services targeting banks and brokers, such as high-speed trading and a variety of other IT services. Both businesses see this as a lucrative market, with many banks looking to make the switch from trading over the phone to trading electronically.

 According to speculation in the FT, the acquisition may have cost CSC just over $100 million.

By Apta Consultancy on 02/07/15 | Category - General

So summer has finally arrived, its time to chill from work, enjoy the sunshine, Wimbledon, or perhaps get on a sun-bed or take a nice city break.

Well all you need to know is where to find the cities that have the cheapest beer in the world!

Thx to our monthly addition of supply management, which dropped on our door this morning, we can share the information with you so that you get more beers for less money!

According to the beer price index, Krakow in Poland and Kiev in Ukraine are the cheapest cities in the world to buy a bottle of beer.

And as for the top 10 cheapest and the 10 most expensive just take a look at where you need to go below:

10 cheapest cities worldwide for beer (price per bottle)

1. Krakow, Poland - £1.07

2. Kiev, Ukraine - £1.07

3. Bratislava, Slovakia - £1.09

4. Malaga, Spain - £1.11

5. Delhi, India - £1.13

6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - £1.15

7. Mexico City, Mexico - £1.26

8. Belgrade, Serbia - £1.27

9. Asunción, Paraguay - £1.28

10. Bangkok, Thailand - £1.36

10 most expensive cities worldwide for beer (price per bottle)

1. Geneva, Switzerland - £4.08

2. Hong Kong, China - £3.97

3. Tel Aviv, Israel - £3.73

4. Oslo, Norway - £3.42

5. New York, US - £3.36

6. Singapore - £3.31

7. Miami, US - £3.31

8. Helsinki, Finland - £3.16

9. Tokyo, Japan - £3.08

10. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – £3

By apta Consultancy on 26/06/15 | Category - General



The latest annual report from the Cabinet Office Major Projects Authority (MPA) has just been released, which identifies 21, IT projects as having problems.

The report shows very little improvement on the 2014 figures when 23 IT based projects were flagged as Red or Red/Amber.

We are however particularly pleased to note that the Next Generation Outsourced Visa Services (NGOV) contract that was awarded to VFS (as one of the two successful suppliers) and for which Apta Consultancy provides VFS with subject matter expertise has received a Green rating.

How is a Green status defined:

Successful delivery of the project on time, budget and quality appears highly likely and there are no major outstanding issues that at this stage appear to threaten delivery significantly.

 About NGOV:

The NGOV project will ensure that UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) has contracted commercial partners to deliver Visa Application Centres and linked services including biometric enrolment, interviewing facilities and courier services to support the end to end visa process from 1 April 2014 and will enable UKVI to meet its obligations to secure the border, to provide good customer service in support of the UK Government’s growth agenda and to meet Spending Review obligations. 

 Looking to keep your project on the right track!

Good contract management will ensure that you deliver on time, on budget and to the exact specifications of the buyer. It will also ensure that the services or goods you supply remain fit for purpose for many years to come.

Protect your reputation and ensure the most successful outcome from every contract by using Apta Contract Management Services. Speak to our specialists today on 07505 672419 or use our contact form.


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